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Let it be known that in the [I tried to count all the games three times and came up with three different numbers between 500 and 700] game of the 2012/13 NBA season, Kevin Durant became the first to achieve 50 points. Durant dropped a career-high 52, actually; 21 of which came at the free throw line (on the same number of attempts). Shawn Marion, who gave up 17 of the 52, thought this number of free throws was decidedly too many: “It’s hard to beat anybody when you’re playing five-on-eight.”
Regardless of whether or not there’s any validity to his point, it should be noted that there is no record of Marion taking objection to the 24 free throws attempted by Dirk Nowitzki against the Thunder on May 17th, 2011. Getting back to the game at hand, Durant made just 13 of 31 shots from the floor. He missed nine in a row in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks came back from down eight* (JUICE), including a great look at a 22-footer that would’ve won the game at the buzzer. Despite his struggles, Durant continued to shoot the ball, and he shot it well in overtime. Beginning at the two-minute mark, KD produced three consecutive buckets. The third — an insanely difficult one-footed, one-handed runner over the outstretched arm of Shawn Marion — gave Oklahoma City a 116-114 lead which they’d never relinquish. His complete highlights can be seen right here…
What is not shown in the above video nor any highlight video that I can find is one of the all-time great ******* it!” shots by Mike James. James, who played the entire overtime in place of Darren Collison despite Collison’s 15 points on 5-8, broke off the designed play on the Mavericks possession that followed Durant’s aforementioned floater. With the Mavs down two and about 15 seconds to go, James was switched onto by Kendrick Perkins. Apparently looking to exploit the mismatch, he audibled out of whatever Rick Carlisle had designed and isolated Perkins beyond the top of the key. James did not proceed to drive on the slow-footed defender, however. Instead, he did this:
Gilbert Arenas: Screaming “YOLO!” since before YOLO had a meaning (one of many reasons we thought he was nuts).
Obviously, there are a couple of minor differences between the shot in the video and the actual shot by James:
James’ shot didn’t go in.
James isn’t prime Gilbert Arenas.
Dirk Nowitzki did not play for the 2007 Wizards.
The Mavericks were losing, not tied.
Other than that they were pretty much exactly the same… which is absolutely hilarious considering that James was in the D-League like a week ago. From the Texas Legends to nationally-televised Gilbert Arenas impersonations… Mike James, I salute you.
*According to Mavericks commentator Mark Followill, Dallas has led in the fourth quarter of all 10 of their games in January, yet they are just 5-5. Depressing.
BEST OF MAXIM
Kevin Durant scored his career best 52 points Friday night as the Thunder took out the Mavericks in overtime, 117-114. Durant scored 9 of the Thunders 12 overtime points. His look for the night, “honey dijon slacks, white button-up with a red tie for accent and a gray cardigan.
LOVE this look for him.
photo via Instagram
Kevin Durant's miserable fourth quarter ended with a final miss that gave Dallas a chance to finish a rally in overtime Friday night.
The Oklahoma City star took care of things in the extra period instead, and ended up with a career high and the first 50-point game in the NBA this season.
Durant scored 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.9 seconds remaining in...
Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a Dallas Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory Friday night.
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As expected, Mike James will sign a second 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks today.
The Mavs were convinced they needed to keep James following his solid play after the point guard signed his original 10-day contract with the club on Jan. 8…“He played real solid [Wednesday] night,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He did a lot of good things.”
via Dwain Price, Star-Telegram
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